Aug 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka did not encounter a single incident of terror after the defeat of the Tamil Tiger terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009, the Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said today.
In an interview with an editor of an Australian newspaper, the Minister pointed out that Sri Lanka is the only country that did not face a single incident of terror after dismantling a terrorist group and no other country which combated terrorism experienced such a peaceful postwar atmosphere.
Highlighting the post-war achievements, Rambukwella said during a short period of four years after the war ended, 300,000 displaced persons have been resettled while another 12,000 have successfully been rehabilitated and integrated into society and a large number of Tamils have been given the opportunity to enlist with the Security Forces.
Speaking of the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 to be held in Colombo in November, the Minister said CHOGM would be an ideal opportunity to clear all sorts of doubts about the country.
The Minister said that certain elements among the international community were raising doubts on the security and law and order situation in the country and the summit will be the best opportunity for Sri Lanka to showcase the real situation of the post war development process and the current peaceful environment in the country.
He pointed out that all foreign dignitaries and delegations who visited Sri Lanka during the recent past have highly commended the post-war physical and human development in the country.
Since 54 heads of governments, foreign ministers and high ranking dignitaries will be visiting Sri Lanka during CHOGM 2013, they can witness the massive transformation that has taken place in the North and East, he said.
"It is the ideal situation to give the world the real picture of Sri Lanka after the era of conflict," the Minister emphasized adding that the summit would highlight that Sri Lanka as one of the safest countries to travel and invest.
According to the Minister about 1,000 local and foreign journalists are expected at the event while the business forum of the CHOGM, which will also accommodate non-Commonwealth members, will bring together over 1,000 top notch business personnel.
The Commonwealth Business Forum is expected to showcase the massive investment opportunities in Sri Lanka as the government plans to raise larger -scale investments in areas such as power, infrastructure, water and highways to maintain the current rate of economic growth.
Speaking of recent incidents of protests the Minister assured that the government has ensured the smooth functioning of law and order in the country.